Listen to Kate Tempest reading her moving and inspiring poem The Woman the Boy Became from her collection Hold Your Own. 

‘'Born more brawn than most,
Born warm.
Born close to ghosts.
Born storm.
Born old.
Grew young.
You could tell she wasn’t from
The same place as the rest,
Born strong.
Born wrong.

 

She grew.

Growing is what anyone would do.
Given the particulars
She knew what she knew
She was ridiculous.
Born too smart and too dumb.
Born to hold the world under her tongue.
Don’t swallow yet.’


Here's Kate reading the poem in full: 

 






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